More than Words

April 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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1 Corinthians 4:20

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.

Imagine everyone is born and given a box, a treasure box. Its old and musty, with the most unusual lock. Not opened by a key but by a working of mechanism’s that are found all over the box. Most are not inclined to notice the box until they become aware of their own culpability in life. At which point, we ask about it out of curiosity. Our parents were given the instructions for opening the box at our birth. The words written on the scroll are in a language written just for each individual for which each box is given. No one but the box bearer can ever read the instructions. Upon asking, your parents give you your corresponding scroll.

You unroll the scroll and find plenty of words, but even you don’t know what they say. Somehow you know the words are for you alone, but its all foreign language to your eyes! Frustration tempts you to think its all rubbish. What do you need in that box anyway?? So the box and the scroll get placed in a drawer for many years.

Alas, by experience you have met many who have said the box contains the specific instructions for each decision they would need to make in life. Finally you understand having made some foolish decisions, the box is The Answer. You pull the box out, blowing the dust off and wiping it down. It seems to have grown more beautiful with time. Jewels flash in places you never saw before, the intricate carvings intrigue you. You find the scroll and unroll it. The first sentence reads something like:

Ask the Interpreter to read the rest.

Odd. The rest of the words again seem to “call” you, but the language has no code on earth you can find. Who is the Interpreter? Becomes a consuming question. Frustration again breeds a lack of interest and the box and scroll find their drawer-home again. It doesn’t even occur to you to ask.

Again a series of decisions and their wounding and fruitless results compels you to retrieve the box and scroll once more. Again, the box has grown, not only in beauty but strength. The scroll has revealed another sentence:

Ask and it shall be given

Ask who? You wonder.
So you ask…everyone you know. No one can read your scroll. You can not read theirs. Finally, you ask the “magic” question.
Who is the Interpreter?
Everyone who has had their box opened knows this answer, but is told never to volunteer the information; it must be asked specifically. They say:

To the Glory of God! The Spirit!

Just as instructed.

You return to your box and scroll. It defies logic to you…so I just ask the Spirit, whoever this is to read this to me?? The box rumbles in response to the thought…leaving no doubt – either you will ask and take a leap or return to your wait until next time.

You decide its time…and ask:

Spirit, I don’t know you, but I need you to interpret these instructions for me.

The scroll flashes and momentarily blinds you. When your vision clears you see the first step of box-opening instructions, and begin. As soon as you are finished with the first. You return to reading and again…jibberish is all you see.
Must I ask for each step?? You think. The box vibrates again. So you ask again for this mysterious Spirit to interpret the next set of steps. Flash, and the next step is plainly written. This pattern repeats many times. Finally…the box is opened and your life is never the same again. The treasure inside is yours and Gods alone. The Spirit and you become partners in everything, in essence you become friends. After finally opening the box, you share with the first person you can! You show your box and unroll your scroll; but sure enough to all who see them the box is plain and the scroll blank.

You do, however, stop making “foolish” mistakes. Those that produce no fruit. Mistakes you make, but now they have meaning; especially when you ask the Spirit to “interpret” them.

So dear friends, I ask you. Were the words the power to open the box?
The answer, given that you have the correct Interpreter, is the meaning of the scripture above. 🙂 And indeed, every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Matthew 6:19-21 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…
“Do not store up for yourselves wealth (treasures) here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth (treasures) in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth (treasure) is, there your heart will be also.

John 14:16 – Yeshua speaking…

and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another comforting Counselor like Me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever.

John 14:26 – Yeshua speaking…

But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you everything; that is, He will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 15:26 – Yeshua speaking…

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father – He will testify on My behalf.

Matthew 7:8 – Yeshua speaking…

For anyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.

1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have in His Presence: if we ask anything that accords with His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – then we know that we have what we have asked from Him.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Where the Heart Is? ~ Part 5

July 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where the Heart Is?

Part 5

Matthew 6:19-34. This will be the scripture we look to here in Part 5.

Verses 19 – 21 Yeshua (Jesus) speaking – emphasis mine.

“Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.”

It’s important to note the word wealth here means: An abundance of something that fills what is desired or needed.

The amassing of “things” is the caution. It begs to question the “buy in bulk” mentality. Though there are clear Biblical accounts of being instructed by God to “store up” years worth of grains due to coming drought and famines. Yet, in each case there was a clear indication by God to do so – this should not be a “norm”. It points up to Matthew 6:9-13, which is the prayer Yeshua (Jesus) instructed us to pray (we will cover this in detail soon 🙂 ). “Give us the food we need today.”

This subject is highly charged and gets confusing especially when one lives in a “wealthy” nation such as the USA. More than one TV verses a TV being considered “a need” at all…and so on. The words “here on earth where moths and rust destroy and things that can be “taken away” or stolen” these are usually skipped over. Why? Well, simply albeit not so welcomingly put, anything that can be worn down or moth eaten or stolen is an earthly wealth. Anything can be stolen – whether its in abundance or not, just ask anyone who has lived in a disaster zone, one loaf of bread is considered “wealth” at such times. Its therefore important to note verse 21.

“For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.”

It begs a question: So what IS wealth in heaven? This question is a heart question and invites upon asking – God – to answer. Why? Because only God would know what heavenly wealth is! Unless you “know” someone who’s been there and can ask them! Yeshua – was – and did answer. Lets listen. 🙂

Verses 22 – 30  Yeshua (Jesus) speaking – emphasis mine

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if you have a ‘good eye’ [that is, if you are generous] your whole body will be full of light, but if you have an ‘evil eye’ [if you are stingy] your whole body will be full of darkness. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can be a slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money.

Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life – what you will eat or drink; or about your body – what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life?

And why be anxious about clothing? Think of the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work or spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Shlomo (Solomon) in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field – which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven – won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!”

So what is Yeshua saying here? Lets take the word slave and define it. A slave is one who services another, whatever is asked by the master the slave does. A slave is not guaranteed pay or provision – though typically “provision” is considered the “pay”. Here again the heart questions: “Am I a slave to money?” “If so, what does it ask me to do, give and be?” “Does it dictate the gifts or wealth of heaven I’ve been given?” In other words, “Do I serve it more than it serves me?”

The next section goes on into detail about food and clothing…basic “needs” right? Yet He (Yeshua) gets right to the point in verse 30 at the end. “What little trust you have!” A wealth of heaven? TRUST in God our Father! No amount of money or the lack of it will “buy” this. It can not be eaten, rusted, stolen, or taken from anyone. In others words…ANYTHING that can be bought with money is NOT a treasure of heaven! Nope not even a loaf of bread or a shirt or pants. At the same time Yeshua points out clearly all things bought with money come from God – period. If you have a job, the ability to perform it for a fee – thank your Father for that is where the heart is! If you have eaten today and paid a bill – thank your Father in Heaven because without Him the bill goes into collection and the stomach is empty. This attitude is the light spoken of in verses 22 & 23. These verses are written in the language of the heart.

Lets read on:

Verses 31 – 34

“So don’t be anxious asking, “What will we eat?”, “What will we drink?” or “How will we be clothed?” For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow – tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough tsuris (trouble) already!”

Notice where the heart gets mentioned? What is a pagan? Someone who does not include God in their thinking, living, or manner of relating. So…you may be tempted to ask; “So what if God doesn’t “provide” for clothes or food?” (Typically this question gets asked when one loses a job, or finances change with economy, or major life changes ex: divorce, injury, death of a spouse, illness) The wealth of heaven being taught here – Trust – says “Well Lord you know my needs…help me trust You!” and even thanks Him for what He has provided, based on verse 32. One must admit it takes a lot of faith/trust to live like that, and if you do – your wealth is indestructible, un-steal-able – unshakably from heaven. What does not feed the body often feeds the heart!

Chapter 7 of Matthew goes on to name a few more “wealth of heaven” elements to the heart. Read it, ask the questions – live from the heart – and find the true wealth of this life there! For this is seeking first His Kingdom and His Righteousness – the rest is negotiable!!

 

Where the Heart Is?  ~ Part 6 ~ Coming soon 🙂

 

Grace and Peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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